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A brief history of Cox Chapel Cemetery

In 1985, Hank Patterson, a life-long Boy Scout from Durant, agreed to “restore” Cox’s Chapel cemetery and thereby earn his Eagle Scout badge. Patterson was given permission for the … more

Chief Batton signs executive order after historic winter weather

Chief Gary Batton signed an Executive Order on Feb. 16, declaring a state of emergency, following the unprecedented winter weather that swept across the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. The Executive … more

Oklahoma administers COVID-19 vaccine to Teacher of the Year finalists

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) opened COVID-19 vaccinations for teachers and Oklahomans with comorbidities Monday and kicked things off by vaccinating this … more

Deadline to request absentee ballots for Calera school bond election nears

Less than a week remains for registered voters in Bryan County to apply for absentee ballots to be mailed to them for the March 2, 2021, Calera School Bond Election, County Election Board Secretary … more

Fire chief announces retirement

Durant Fire Chief Roger Joines announced he is retiring after serving for more than 30 years with the department and making many great memories through his career. Joines spoke at last … more

Having fun in the snow

Although it was still frigid cold, the sun came out Monday and many residents went to Carl Albert Park to sled down the hill, including Hannah Williams, front, and Emma White is behind her. Pushing … more

Temporary shelter opens for homeless.

As the temperatures dropped to record-breaking levels and snow fell over the weekend, several organizations worked together to provide food and shelter for the homeless. Brown’s Funeral Home … more

Animal rescue organizations work to keep pets warm

Durant Animal Rescue Alliance and Texoma Paw Patrol teamed up this past Saturday to help ensure pets stayed warm during the frigid winter temperatures. “We’ve got Texoma Paw Patrol … more

Oklahoma’s Last Bad Man

We first met William Caleb Tidwell in my article about Oklahoma bank bandits. At the peak of his career, he was “one of the most noted and dreaded criminals in Oklahoma” and was wanted by … more

Durant ministers serve as Senate chaplains

OKLAHOMA CITY – Pastors Jacob Sheriff and Zach Backues of Victory Life Church in Durant served as chaplains for the state Senate during the second week of the legislative session. The … more

Fortnightly Club announces scholarship recipients

The GFWC Fortnightly Club of Durant is delighted to announce the recipients of individual scholarships awarded in the amount of $300 per year to young ladies in the Durant area. Jennifer Terron of … more

People First Industries provides employment opportunities

Thirty years ago, there was a knock on my front door from David Williams, my neighbor and long-time school superintendent for Durant Public Schools. Williams was the president of a local … more

Grube unopposed in reelection bid

Durant Mayor Oden Grube will serve another term on Durant City Council because no one but her filed for the office during the filing period that ended Feb. 3, according to the Bryan County Election … more

Southeastern participates in blood drive

Every eight weeks, the Southeastern Oklahoma State University Office of Student Life partners with the Oklahoma Blood Institute to host a blood drive on campus. The Institute’s bloodmobile … more

Police warn of phone scam

Over the past week, the Durant Police Department has taken three fraud reports about a scam involving warrants. In each case, the victim received a phone call from someone claiming to be a deputy … more

Eastern Oklahoma State College nursing program earns recognition

The Eastern Oklahoma State College nursing program was recently recognized as one of the top associate nursing degree (ADN) programs in the region. Eastern Oklahoma State College has been a … more

Silo Basketball Homecoming

Attendants for the Silo High School Homecoming are Honor Huffman and Judiah Parker. A ceremony was held last week before the basketball games. Silo High School King and Queen candidates from left, … more

Silo Homecoming King and Queen

Silo High School Homecoming Queen is Cassidy Harman and King is T.J. Impson. A ceremony was held last Thursday before the basketball games. more

Rustin to lead Book Talk

“Farewell Summer,” a classic novel by master storyteller Ray Bradbury, is Book Talk’s choice for its February 11 meeting. Retired educator Phyllis Rustin will lead the 7:00 p.m. … more

DHS girls golf coach named coach of year

Durant High School girls golf coach Tanner Dupree was named the 2019-2020 Oklahoma Girls Golf Coach of the Year and he was recognized at the Monday meeting of the Durant School Board. Dupree was … more
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